archduke
noun Etymology: Middle French archeduc, from arche- arch- + duc duke Date: 15th century 1. a sovereign prince 2. a prince of the imperial family of Austriaarchdukedom noun

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  • Archduke — Arch duke , n. [Pref. arch + duke.] A prince of the imperial family of Austria. [1913 Webster] Note: Formerly this title was assumed by the rulers of Lorraine, Brabant, Austria, etc. It is now appropriated to the descendants of the imperial… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • archduke — (n.) 1520s, from Middle French and O.Fr. archeduc, from Merovingian L. archiducem (c.750); see ARCH (Cf. arch ) + DUKE (Cf. duke) (n.). Formerly the title of the rulers of Austrasia, Lorraine, Brabant, and Austria; later the titular dignity of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • archduke — ► NOUN 1) a chief duke. 2) historical a son of the Emperor of Austria. DERIVATIVES archducal adjective archduchy noun …   English terms dictionary

  • archduke — [ärch′do͞ok΄, ärch′dyo͞ok΄] n. a sovereign prince, esp. a prince of the former Austrian imperial family …   English World dictionary

  • Archduke — The title of Archduke (feminine: Archduchess) (German: Erzherzog , feminine also spousal form: Erzherzogin ) denotes a rank above Duke and under King, but is too rare and yet has uses too diverse to be given a fixed relative position within the… …   Wikipedia

  • archduke — /ahrch doohk , dyoohk /, n. a title of the sovereign princes of the former ruling house of Austria. [1520 30; earlier archeduke < F archeduc (now archiduc). See ARCH 1, DUKE] * * * ▪ Habsburg title feminine  archduchess        a title, proper in… …   Universalium

  • archduke — UK [ˌɑː(r)tʃˈdjuːk] / US [ɑrtʃˈduk] noun [countable] Word forms archduke : singular archduke plural archdukes a prince in the Austrian royal family …   English dictionary

  • archduke — noun The son or male line grandson of an emperor of the Austro Hungarian Empire. World War I traditionally started with the assassination of Archduke Francis (Franz) Ferdinand. See Also: archduchess, duke, emperor, grand duke, imperial, noble …   Wiktionary

  • archduke — arch|duke [ˌa:tʃˈdju:k US ˌa:rtʃˈdu:k] n a prince who belonged to the royal family of Austria …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • archduke — arch|duke [ artʃ duk ] noun count a prince in the Austrian royal family …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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